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Experience Art

Recognizing our local talent

Pickering is fortunate to have a talented community of painters, illustrators, photographers and masters of other such arts.  It is our honour to exhibit their work at the Pickering Civic Complex each year - just one of the ways we demonstrate our pride and promote such deserving, local artists.

Pickering has a number of festivals, activities and resources that support culture and arts; many are listed below.  Review our City Services & Leisure Guide for a full description of the arts and culture programs we offer.

Take a private studio tour through the Durham West Arts Centre and get a glimpse behind the creative minds of local artists.  Visit the PineRidge Arts Council for local art resources, workshops and events.

Check out our arts and culture highlights of the year!

Esplanade Park Concerts, Waterfront Concerts, Heritage Day, In Your Own Words & Expressions, Artfest, Civic Awards

Esplanade Park Concert Series

Bring your lawn chair and join us for an afternoon of entertainment.  Concerts are held Sundays in July and August at 2:00 pm in Esplanade Park at the Gazebo (Pickering City Hall). Please note: There will be no concert on Sunday, August 9, 2015.  *We are now accepting applications for 2015 Summer Concerts. If you are interested in performing, please complete an application and return before February 6, 2015.

Waterfront Concert Series

Every summer, the City hosts a Waterfront Concert Series. Residents can head down to Millennium Square and either set up their lawn chair for an evening of complementary summer time entertainment or dance the night away to anything from contemporary pop hits to rock n' roll.  Concerts are held on Thursday evenings in July and August from 7 pm to  9 pm.  In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be cancelled.  Waterfront Concerts are proudly sponsored by Ontario Power Generation and Fairwater Estates*We are now accepting applications for 2015 Summer Concerts. If you are interested in performing, please complete an application and return before February 6, 2015.

In Your Own Words & Expressions

Entries can be written, illustrated or filmed
Submission deadline February 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Pickering Civic Complex

Elementary and Secondary Students of Durham enter this Creative Arts Contest conveying their perspective of the phrase "If I could plan an event for Durham Region, I would celebrate my diverse community by...".  Winning entrants will be invited to participate in an event planning workshop, with their peers, to bring their ideas to life in Pickering!  For more information, call 905.420.4620.

Durham West Studio Tour

April 25 - 26
10 am - 5 pm

Local artists open their homes and studios to this free self-guided tour.  Map of locations will be available in early 2015. For additional information call 905.926.1171 or visit dwac.ca


Saturday, May 23
Esplanade Park, Pickering Civic Complex
11 am - 6 pm

Every summer, Esplanade Park comes alive with music, dance, crafts and singing, along with children's art areas and artists demonstrations. This free arts event will include over 90 artists from across the province who show and sell a fantastic variety of original art which include Paintings (Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour), Photography, Pottery, Wood Carvings, Jewellery, Hand Made Rugs, Stationary and Candles and more! 

New this year, the City is partnering with the Durham West Blues Festival.  A variety of blues performers will take the stage at the Gazebo.

Outdoor Space for Artists

The City of Pickering is providing vendor space to artists and crafters during selected events throughout the year.  Locations include Esplanade Park, Millennium Square and Pickering Museum Village.  Artists are encouraged to complete an application to apply for one or multiple events.  Deadline to apply is May 22, 2015.

Civic Awards

Monday, May 25
Pickering Civic Complex
7 pm

Civic Awards are Pickering's highest honour.  Nominated by our community and determined by a Committee of Council these awards are presented to deserving individuals, businesses and local organizations who have exemplified outstanding service and achievements in our community.   View 2013 Civic Award Recipients